Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Africa really is a country

While everybody back home in South Africa today celebrated Vuvuzela Day, the rest of us had to find something else with which to show our support for our local team – like a T-shirt, for example. So thankfully the UK sports chain Decathlon had shirts on sale for those football supporters who really believe that,

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Has Nandos lost the plot?

The South African fast food chicken chain Nando’s (which has of late also become very popular in Britain) has always been known for their good adverts. They usually manage to combine a quick-off-the-mark, topical sense of the...

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Toto meets Mango Groove

FIFA and the South African organizers of the World Cup yesterday unveiled the official World Cup tune. Sorry K’Naan. You’ll always have Coco Cola. The song, with an “African” beat (trying to figure out from where) and...

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

The Messiah

The commentator can’t contain himself. “He is just brilliant. Georgie Best, Diego Maradona, Johan Cruyff … Incredible little man. He is the best player on the planet.”  Lionel Messi, who will be at the center of Diego...

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Red Bull

As the World Cup nears, I am going to be a bit soccer-centric.  Last week I posted a goal by Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o. Now its the turn of Spain’s Fernando Torres, who for now plays his club...

Monday, April 5th, 2010

The Vuvuzela in the Room

Celebrating the World Cup does not mean we can’t ask hard questions . No, not that the annoying vuvuzelas are banned, but that thousands of informal traders will lose income because of Fifa-imposed “exclusion zones” around stadiums...

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

The Special One

Cameroon’s football captain Samuel Eto’o scores for his club Internazionale Milano against Livorno in Italy’s Serie A.

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Grandma Scores

I love these football-playing grandmas from Mafarana in South Africa’s Limpopo Province, bordering Mozambique and Zimbabwe.  About 55 women take part in the games with the youngest 4 years old.    Good for the grandmas. But it...

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

The World Cup and the “40,000 Prostitutes”

In 2006 before the last World Cup finals newspapers in Europe were awash with reports that 40,000 prostitutes were being smuggled into Germany.  The women were set to be trafficked from unnamed Eastern European countries. When the...

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

The Third World Cup

I don’t think my man Vijay Prashad would mind me reposting his first in a series of World Cup posts put on Facebook:  “… Herein starts my backgrounder, on football, third worldism and history. This first one is on...

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

‘See You in South Africa 2010′

Marc Baptiste

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

The History of African Football

I’m spending much of my free time (if I have any), watching what I can of the 2010 African Cup of Nations in Angola. Which is a good time to also catch up on the rich history...

Thursday, December 31st, 2009


The trailer for “Football Fables” by English director Baf Akoto about the globalization of Ghanaian football.

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009


CNN just published a list of the eleven players who dominated and defined football in the 2000s. Samuel Eto’o of Inter Milan and Cameroon and probably the best footballer out of Africa, is the only continental player...

Saturday, December 12th, 2009


David Smith, The (UK) Guardian’s South African correspondent, recently attended a match between South Africa’s two biggest clubs, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates (Nelson Mandela is a fan of the latter team; not of rugby). His verdict:...

Friday, November 13th, 2009


Remember the Sudanese woman who was arrested and tried for wearing a jeans? Now this: Nigerian star Stephen Worgu, who plays in Sudan, has been convicted of drinking alcohol and has been sentenced to be flogged. Worgu...

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009


Just as the football at the 2010 World Cup will be great, someone will make lots of money. It is not going to be local businesses for sure. This excellent 13 minute short documentary (“Trademark 2010″) for...

Friday, October 2nd, 2009


I know some of us play in stadiums, have replica kits and Nike football boots, but you can’t fight the romance of this video. Link.

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009


A friend of mine just emailed these images of the pogress at Cape Town’s World Cup 2010 venue (where one of the semi-finals will be played)

Friday, September 11th, 2009

My love affair with football

I contributed a chapter to a new book, “South Africa and the Global Game: Football, Apartheid and Beyond” edited by football historians Peter Alegi and Chris Bolsmann. (It will also come out as an issue of the...

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